DFG-VK join calls on the German government to sign UN Nuclear Weapons Ban

Four people stand with a red banner reading "Ban Nuclear Weapons"
The banner reads "Ban Nuclear Weapons". Photo: ICAN Germany

A number of German peace organisations and peace activists have published a widely shared demand for the German government to finally join the UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty process.

The Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty is a UN treaty adopted on the 7th July 2017, and prohibits the use (or threat of use), development and testing, or possession of nuclear weapons, and signatories commit to providing assistance to victims of the use or testing of nuclear weapons, eliminate their own programmes, and remove foreign nuclear weapons from their territory. Civil society organisations around the world – under the umbrella organisation the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons – have played a key role in pushing for the treaty.

The campaign asks the German government to recognise that more than 120 states have signed the treaty in 2017, and that Germany is among the 50 who have not signed it. Yet!

Reminding all politicians of the fact that ICAN has won the Nobel Price for its activism towards sustainable peace in a world free from nuclear weapons and in remembrance of the horrible attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the activists cite a survivor of the 1945 nuclear bombing:

"There are still 9 nations who threaten to eradicate whole cities, to destroy life on earth and to make this world uninhabitable for future generations. To develop nuclear weapons does not mean a rise to greatness, but a step in the darkest abyss of depravity. These weapons are not a necessary evil, they are the ultimate evil."

The campaign asks the German government to step forward and finally join in the peace process of abolishing nuclear weapons. More on the campaign can be found here: http://www.pace-makers.de/index.php/aufruf-2018-mit-unterstuetzerliste.html

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